Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers argues a call as his team plays the Golden State Warriors during the second half in Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 118-97. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says he declined a chance to speak with owner Donald Sterling, who is alleged to have made racist comments in a recorded conversation.
Says Rivers: “I don’t think right now is the time or the place, for me, at least. I just took a pass.”
Rivers said in a conference call Monday that he believed that Sterling made the comments.
Rivers canceled practice Monday, a day after a 118-97 loss to the Golden State Warriors that evened their playoff series at 2-2.
He called it a “non-basketball decision” that would allow his players to catch their breath.
Still, he says most of the players were at the team facility and he planned to talk to them to “make sure they were in the right place.”